SHIPPING & MARINE | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Keppel O&M gets go-ahead to start conversion works for $1.28b FLNG project

The Gimi floating liquefaction vessel is designed to produce 2.5 million tonnes of LNG per annum.

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M)'s wholly-owned subsidiary, Keppel Shipyard, has received the Final Notice to Proceed (FNTP) from Golar LNG’s Gimi MS Corporation to commence full conversion works for the $1.28b (US$947m) Gimi Floating Liquefaction Vessel (FLNG) project, an announcement revealed.

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Keppel Shipyard's scope of work in the conversion of a Moss Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carrier into an FLNG vessel includes the design, detailed engineering and procurement of the marine systems, as well as conversion-related construction services. It is said to be similar to the work done on the first FLNG vessel, Hilli Episeyo, which Keppel undertook for Golar, but will be customised for the 20-year BP Greater Tortue Ahmeyim contract offshore West Africa.

Delivery of the vessel is expected in H1 2022.

When completed, the Gimi FLNG will be stationed at a nearshore hub located on the Mauritania and Senegal maritime border, and is expected to begin production in 2022 as part of the first phase of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project. The Gimi FLNG is designed to produce an average of approximately 2.5 million tonnes of LNG per annum. 

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